Germany’s Vossloh wins Etihad Rail contract from CSCEC, SK E&C JV

Rail infrastructure-focused German technology firm Vossloh has secured a supply contract from a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction (E&C) for Stage 2 of the 1,200km2 UAE’s national railway network, Etihad Rail.

As part of the contract, Vossloh will supply turnouts and fasteners for the 605km-long railway under Stage 2 that extends from Ghuweifat on UAE’s border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast.

The standard gauge and double-track network of the railway will be constructed in five phases due to its dimension.

The supply contract for Vossloh comes after the Werdohl-based company supplied switches and rail fasteners for Phase 1 of Etihad Rail that covers 264km-long freight between the gas fields at Shah and Habshan and the port industrial city Ruwais in Abu Dhabi.

Under the supply contract, Vossloh will supply a total of 38 turnouts and 495,000 sleeper sets of the rail fastening system W 30 HH — which caters to safe driving under extreme climatic conditions, with temperatures between -60°C and 50°C — for the 139km-long new stretch, by the end of October 2020.

Vossloh said in a statement that the specifications of the future integrated Etihad Rail network with mixed-use traffic were being adopted for the project.

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